Wednesday, 25 March 2015

NI Post Primary Schools to get Minecraft


Minecraft is to be made available to every post-primary school in Northern Ireland as part of a ground-breaking project devised by CultureTECH, Northern Ireland’s innovation festival, with funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

This is the first time anywhere in the world, that an entire region has made Minecraft available to its schools. The initiative is expected to reach up to 50,000 children annually.

CultureTECH has secured funding from DCAL to supply MinecraftEdu licences to as many as 240 sites across Northern Ireland, including over 200 schools, 30 libraries and community organisations, and a number of volunteer-led coding clubs.

MinecraftEdu is a special version of the game designed specifically for schools, with additions that are more useful and appropriate for the classroom. Over 5,000 teachers in more than 40 countries have used it to teach the STEM subjects, art, history and computer coding. They join such high-profile organisations as MIT and the UN, who have successfully used Minecraft to teach quantum physics and engage young people in redevelopment of their neighbourhoods.

CultureTECH will work with additional partners including Northern Ireland’s Creative Learning Centres and Honeycomb – Creative Works to provide training and support to teachers who want to use the programme.